eCommerce Executive at LV=
27 September 2011 15:03pm
Any recommendations for software that checks your website's accessibility, spelling, broken links, and more? I've had two quotes for Compliance Sheriff and Rational Policy Tester and wondered what experience people have had with these products or similar. Any help appreciated. Thanks.
Web technology professional at Bitcala.com
28 September 2011 08:54am
I think that spellcheck and 'broken link' checking software is well-serviced as these are pretty simple algorithms, so I'll only discuss accessibility.
The W3C's excellent Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) have been the de-facto standard for web accessibility for some years now. 
The Guidelines are just that however: guidelines. Not a series of programmatically verifiable 'yes / no' conditions and it's very hard to evaluate them with computers.
My best advice would be to engage a reputable accessibility testing agency who can not only evaluate sensibly against the guidelines, but give you simple steps to rectify any problems and make easy improvements.
I've not used Shaw Trust , but I know they've been working in this field for some time and it might be worth approaching them. Good luck!
28 September 2011 09:36am
Thanks for your reply, Will. I'll certianly follow the links you mention.
Out of interest, does anyone here use Compliance Sheriff or Rational Policy tester, or indeed any other programme to cover off the needs I mentioned?
CEO at Econsultancy
29 September 2011 12:08pm
A few links that might be useful to look at:
Magus - http://www.magus.co.uk/
Sitemorse - http://www.sitemorse.com/
W3C - http://www.w3.org/WAI/RC/tools/complete
29 September 2011 12:19pm
Many thanks Ashley. Very useful. Will now investigate.
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